As a child, student, parent and professional we have all been provided with guidance, and advice on how to find our way along the different paths of life. “It’s not about winning”, “More working and less talking”, “Practice what you preach”, and “You gain more out of the mistakes you make than the success you achieve”. I am sure they all sound familiar and will remind you of phrases heard from your past.
When I first began long arming I would look at feathers, admiring their beauty and wishing I could allow them to float across my fabric. My biggest challenge was obtaining uniformity. The perfection I yearned to portray on my quilt never made an appearance. After struggling with this technique for quite some time I decided to pose my situation to an online forum. I asked my million dollar question, “How does everyone get their feathers to look the same, mine all look different.” I stared at the empty screen, and after several seconds an answer popped up. The words scrolled across my monitor screen would forever change my way of designing. The million dollar answer was “Why would you want them to be the same?” That short sentence would be a HUGE “Aha” moment for me and would be carried on forever in my way of quilting.
During my classes I can often be heard telling my students “Don’t let anyone tell you there are rules.” Designing opens a pathway to forgoing rules and encouraging our uniqueness. Dare to be different, and dare to show the world you. There isn’t always a right way, or a wrong way, but there is YOUR way.
Do you have an important piece of advice that has played a significant part of your quilting journey? If so I loved for you to share it with me.